Community Computing

20 weeks (5 weeks per module)

Free 2 You Computing Classes For All Levels

Learn at your own pace through four modules:

  • Introduction to computing, the internet and email
  • Word Processing
  • Excel Spreadsheets
  • Presentation Software

You will learn through the latest Internationally standardised online tutorials, activities and tests, with the support of our friendly knowledgeable coaches on hand to offer assistance to gain computer confidence and learn new skills.

You will learn at your own pace and speed, working through each module at a pace that bests suits your learning. Each module is allocated 5 weeks, but you can move through at your own pace.

Introduction to computing, Internet and email

Learn the basic of how a computer works, how to create files in a Microsoft Windows environment, learn how to access and search on the Internet, how to create emails and attach a document. Correct online etiquette and how to keep yourself safe online.

Microsoft Word - Beginners

Word–processing involves creating a document (letter, memo, report, assignment, etc.) on the computer. To create a document you start with a blank screen on the computer, and as you type information, it is displayed on the screen as a Word Document. Once a document is created you can change its appearance and/or text, rearrange or make corrections to it; you can print it, or save it, add to it, reprint or edit at a later time.

Word is recommended as the pre–requisite module to all other modules on this programme. You will learn functions, features and techniques in Word that are used in other Microsoft applications (eg. Excel).

Microsoft Excel - Beginners

Excel is used to create spreadsheets. Spreadsheets are documents that are laid out in a graph style, with columns and rows, rather than a blank “page” as in Word.

Spreadsheets are used for mathematical calculations, for example, add a list of numbers, find the average in a set of numbers or to calculate GST. Data, (text and numbers) is entered into the spreadsheet using the keyboard, and calculations are made by using the functions and features available in Excel.

Microsoft Powerpoint - Beginners

Powerpoint is used to create presentations, documents with images and slide shows, and much more. Many of the basic functionalities are the same as within Word.

What to bring?

Please bring a USB stick to save your work, and pen and paper to take notes. You will be supplied with class text and printer paper.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to understand follow, and respond to instructions given in English.
  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Intakes & Applications

Dates & Bookings

This programme is not open to international students.

Youth Guarantee Fund*

If you are aged 16 to 24, you could study for FREE as part of the government's Youth Guarantee fund. To qualify for the Youth Guarantee fund, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete an application for a course that is covered by the Youth Guarantee fund.
  • Be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be 16 to 24 years old at the time the course starts. Learners who are 15 years old and hold Ministry approved early leaving exemption from their school may also be eligible. This exemption must be in place before the course starts.

Priority places will be given to students who:

  • have not yet achieved NCEA Level 1 or NCEA Level 2; or
  • have completed a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification through a Youth Guarantee provision programme.

All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status is required. Programme entry criteria may apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact Studylink for more information.

Introduction to Spreadsheets (Tuesdays)
Kaitaia
Introduction to Spreadsheets (Tuesdays)
Introduction to Spreadsheets (Tuesdays)
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
9 am–2 pm
,
March 19, 2024
April 16, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Presentation Software (Wednesdays)
Kaitaia
Presentation Software (Wednesdays)
Presentation Software (Wednesdays)
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
9 am–2 pm
,
March 20, 2024
April 10, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Word Processing
Whangārei
Introduction to Word Processing
Introduction to Word Processing
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
March 22, 2024
April 19, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Word Processing (Mondays)
Kaitaia
Introduction to Word Processing (Mondays)
Introduction to Word Processing (Mondays)
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
9 am–2 pm
,
April 29, 2024
May 20, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Internet and Email (Tuesdays)
Kaitaia
Internet and Email (Tuesdays)
Internet and Email (Tuesdays)
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
9 am–2 pm
,
April 30, 2024
May 21, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Spreadsheets
Whangārei
Introduction to Spreadsheets
Introduction to Spreadsheets
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
May 3, 2024
May 24, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Spreadsheets (Mondays)
Kaitaia
Introduction to Spreadsheets (Mondays)
Introduction to Spreadsheets (Mondays)
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
9 am–2 pm
,
May 27, 2024
June 24, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Presentation Software (Tuesdays)
Kaitaia
Presentation Software (Tuesdays)
Presentation Software (Tuesdays)
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
9 am–2 pm
,
May 28, 2024
June 18, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Presentation Software
Whangārei
Presentation Software
Presentation Software
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
,
May 31, 2024
June 21, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Internet and Email (Mondays)
Kaitaia
Internet and Email (Mondays)
Internet and Email (Mondays)
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
9 am–2 pm
,
August 26, 2024
September 2, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Word Processing (Tuesdays)
Kaitaia
Introduction to Word Processing (Tuesdays)
Introduction to Word Processing (Tuesdays)
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
9 am–2 pm
,
August 27, 2024
September 24, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Introduction to Spreadsheets (Mondays)
Kaitaia
Introduction to Spreadsheets (Mondays)
Introduction to Spreadsheets (Mondays)
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
9 am–2 pm
,
October 14, 2024
November 16, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Presentation Software (Tuesdays)
Kaitaia
Presentation Software (Tuesdays)
Presentation Software (Tuesdays)
Apprentice Restaurant, 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei
Dates:
9 am–2 pm
,
October 15, 2024
November 12, 2024
Dates:
Available to start at regular intervals throughout the year.
Delivery:
Short Course
Price:
Fees:
Fees Free
(2024)
Fees Free
(2023)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International
International Fees:
(2024)
International
International Fees:
(2023)
Class full
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.
Proudly delivered in partnership with
.

All fees are in New Zealand Dollars and are approximate only - includes GST but excludes the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF) levy. Unless otherwise stated, the fees shown are for domestic students only. For programmes longer than one academic year in duration, the fees quoted are for the first year. Final study costs depends on a number of factors including the courses you select to study.

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. See our full Terms and conditions.

Additional Information

About Te Pūkenga

NorthTec is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (Te Pūkenga). All references to NorthTec or Northland Polytechnic on this website (and any documentation linked through this website) need to be read as references to Te Pūkenga and its NorthTec business division.

Te Pūkenga brings the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and the arranging training activities of certain Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) together to create a national network. This will give learners more choices and flexibility in what, where, and how they learn.

Existing NorthTec ākonga (learners) will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga automatically in the same qualification and will continue to learn in the same way, in the same place, with the same people.

Learners should note that all programmes offered across Te Pūkenga are under review to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry and may be changed. Where there are changes to programmes that you have applied to enrol in, you will be notified of these changes.

Key Information for students - Qualification Information from the NZ Government.
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